we're bringing you what you need to know about key ballot issues come november this morning. we take a look at question four, the dream act. >> it is a growing problem that could be affecting your children. now, teachers are coming together in the fight to stop bullying. new information in the nationwide outbreak of men night. good meningitis. good morning, maryland. >> let's send it over to our
meteorologistly net charles to let you know everything you need to know to prepare as you go out. >> you will be dealing with rain gear. west friendship, 37 degrees. the winds are calm. but we are dealing with some patchy fog across the area as well. we have the humidity coming in at 100%. that means that we do have some saturated air out there. so we look at maryland's most powerful radar. nice and dry. that's the scenario as we go through today. changes are coming in the forecast for you. we look at the planner. waking up, the temperature is 46 degrees. as we head through the rest of about 10:00, 56. and by lunchtime today, at 63 degrees. we will get a mixture of sun and clouds. for the day. and the high temperature will be nice and seasonable. let's get a check of the abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren kirk. good morning. >> good morning, lin net. we are looking at patchy fog across the region. slow down there as you head out. a car fire in howard county, on
the parkway, at route 100. and more problems in baltimore county. where there is a crash on security boulevard at perimeter drive. now, if you are headed out to the beltway, there are no concerns right now on the west side. it will be nice and clear from 795 down to 95. no problems from parkville up towards towson either, and here is a live look at 95 downtown at 395. traffic is moving right along. no delays through the fort mchenry tunnel. harbor tunnel nice and clear. ha is a look at your abc 2 time saver track. megan and charley over to you. >> when you go to the polls in less than three weeks you will see mitt romney, president obama both on the ballot but you will also see other things such as question four. that's the dream act. >> it would allow children of undocumented immigrants to pay instate tuition at public colleges and universities in maryland if those parents pay taxes. and if the child graduates from a maryland high school. owe moments gathered enough signatures to put the issue on a statewide rench dumb. they say the -- referendum. they say the dream act promotes
illegal activity and uses taxpayer money to boot. >> people understand the issue. everybody i talked to they say we don't feel like taxpayers money should be used for illegal immigrants and very simple as far as they're concerned. >> for many families in maryland, paying out of state tuition is not doable. that would mean the difference between them being able to go to college or not being able to go to college. >> a recent poll by gonzalez research showed that 58% of registered voters in our state support the dream act. while 24% oppose it. the investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak is growing. so far, the cdc has identified 214 cases and 15 deaths in a number of states including here in maryland. >> criminal investigators were at the massachusetts company whose steroid medication is linked to the outbreak. the food and drug administration says it is part of their investigation. the company wouldn't expand on that. investigators have found fungus in more than 50 vials from that
company. >> up to 14,000 people may have been exposed to one of the three potentially contaminated lots of medication. >> we may have noticed that the case count has gone up. in recent days. and we think that this is mainly because we're doing a better job at finding the cases. health experts say fungal meningitis is not contagious. 16 people in maryland had the disease. and 1500 could be at risk. no doubt about it. a mother's instinct is often the best tool for protecting her child. and it really paid off for one mother. >> she checks her 12-year-old's facebook page daily and noticed a message from a man claiming to be a college student and the mom started talking to her pretending to be her daughter and asked her to meet up and she called police and agreed to meet the guy dressed as her daughter. >> if i have, to yes, i will. i will do it again. if it means getting a sexual predator or any creep off the street, why not. >> well, police arrested that guy.
it turns out that he is a middle schoolteacher in texas. he has since been charged with solicitation of a minor. a gym gets an unexpected visit and it wasn't a member. a surveillance camera from a fitness center in south carolina. see the deer trying to run through the gym front door. the manager says she heard a loud boom and thought the equipment fell over. the deer ran into the door several times before running away. >> that's talent. sign that kid up. it is not a monkey or a bird you're hearing. that is 7-year-old hechter floors. the boy accidently swallowed a whisle from his toy duck. swallowed it a month ago. >> it turns out his family and teachers thought he was playing a trick when he made the squeaking sound but the fun didn't last too long. doctors did remove the whistle from hechter's lungs. i'm sure that he thinks it is really cool to show off his friends but as a parent they
were probably pretty concerned. >> halloween is weeks away and pumpkins are always big this time of the year. >> they sure are. stay with us this morning. look at this. big enough for boating. we will take you to an unusual regatta competition. enough to make you wonder if these people are living their dreams. the super bowl entertainment half time show is announced. gracing the stage in new orleans. half time. super bowl. you know you will be watching. we'll be right back. [ harry umlaut ] that's one creamy muller. [ sally umlaut ] it's greek-style yogurt.
you can say that again. why thank you. this greek style yogurt has style. okay. stop saying it now. you're sending me mixed messages. [ male announcer ] muller. the european for yummy. all right. you might carve his face on to your pumpkin but if you find one big enough, make a boat. that's what the brave people in nova scotia did, hollowed out pumpkins and paddled across the lang and there was a -- lake and there was a race for pumpkins with motors on them. incredibly creative and very cool and it seems just a little dangerous. >> nova scotia is cold, right, lynette? >> yes, the things people do. not happening. i just want to eat my pumpkin. as we head out the door this morning, it is chilly out there. 46 degrees. we do need the big coats. make sure you bundle the kids up as you head out the door. as they come home from school this afternoon, the temperature
is right around 67 degrees. that's where we should be for this time of the year. it is going to be a nice day. we will get more sunshine in here as well. i will call it a sun cloud mix throughout the day. heading out the door right now, we have some clouds out there. patchy fog. in some spots. let's get a check of the abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren cook. good morning. >> good morning, lynette. it is causing reduced visibility across the region. definitely a good morning to turn on the low beams and slow down and be extra careful. a car fire in howard county at route 100. and if you are traveling in baltimore county, watch out for a crash in glenn oak on security boulevard. at perimeter drive. and fortunately, all is clear on the beltway. no delays on the west side. just a typical 11-minute ride right now, traveling the outer loop, from 795 down to 95, and here is a live look at 95 downtown, at 395, traffic moving right along. nothing to get in your way. as you do travel through the fort mchenry tunnel. harbor tunnel nice and clear. that is a look at your abc 2
time saver traffic. megan and charley, over to you. >> could too much a good thing be too much for a community? >> that is what is being said about a new walmart in harford county. i'm linda stowe. bullying is a problem in some schools. and what baltimore school is doing to keep kids safe and tips for parents on what to look out for.
in baltimore, the friendship academy wants to make sure bullying is not a problem for students. >> we have more on what the school has planned and they have a full day planned to stop bullying. >> they do. it all starts with a pep rally this morning. joining us this morning is the principal. have you an excited day planned for the kids. what can they expect when they come to school today? >> when they come to school today we have a big pep rally and assembly and a panel discussion that includes various int gral people that have actually experienced these types of things themselves. and it will give them strategies that they can implement and work towards to prevent bullying or at least give them strategies to inform the right person. >> you will be teaching these kids real practical tips because bullying does happen. it is a growing problem these days. >> yes, it is. it is a growing problem across the nation, across the
district, across the state, so they will give them really good tips what they need to do, who they need to contact and what they need to basically look at it, how to deal with it on the web site, how to deal with it on their phones and different tips to use to get them through any situation that they entail in regards to bullying. >> okay, and you're the academy director here and you see this, with kids. and for parents who are watching, what kind of signs should they look for if their kid is being a victim of bullying? >> there are two things. one thing is, first, a shift in behavior. so if you have your child and you know that your child is normally, you know, yeah, mommy, i'm great for school, it was a wonderful day. and all of a sudden you don't get that, you need to start asking questions. or it could be just the opposite. instead of kids getting withdrawn, they begin acting out. that is clearly a sign that something is going on. i would definitely urge parents to please check the cell
phones. please check the social media sites the children are on. because so many things are being said and done to the children, and kids, sometimes, keep it inside, because they don't want to be considered a snitch. or they don't want to be considered a punk by their peers. so instead of reporting it, they will internalize it and it can turn into a lot of different things for our children, which we have seen across the nation. suicide, or you know, the kids are being bullied and they in time become bullies. so to be proactive parents. please pay attention to the signs and signals from your children. because they are there, and you know, sometimes you have to pop up the school and let your boss know, i need to go check on my baby today. pop up. ask questions. who is your child hanging with. who are they calling friends. because a lot of times, some of these friends are not really their friends. and you know as a parent how you raise your child.
but it is not -- it might not necessarily be the way the other children are being raised. so we have to keep our eyes and ears open. >> all right. some helpful tips for parents there. but again, for kids who come to school today at friendship academy, it is all about bullying. keeping kids safe. providing them helpful tips. so that they do not become a victim. we're live in northeast boston, linda stowe, abc 2 news. time for five things you may want to know as you head out the door. george zimmerman will meet with a new judge for the first time in his murder case. he is accused of killing 17- year-old trayvon martin back in february. zimmerman claims it was self- defeannounced an event for next thursday where it is expected the company will unveil a new smaller ipad, and run you about $300. apple currently controls about 70% of the tablet market. gm is working on an electric cadillac modeled after the chevy volt. the elr will have both an electric motor powered by battery and a gasoline engine. the car maker says the prototype calls for two doors instead of a four-door sedan.
>> well, being overweight could be bad for your gas mileage. america's yearly fuel consumption is going up partly due to continued weight gain. according to the u.s. energy department, next to 100 pounds, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce miles per gallon by 2%. and beyonce knowles will be taking the stage at the super bowl. she sang the national anthem years ago. she will be performing february 3. stay with us. we will tell you a situation happening in randallstown where they're rolling back the prices. >> a new walmart start is set to open with a new ribbon cutting ceremony. it is a 24 hour a day, seven day a week, walmart and a full line, a grocery store and bakery and deli. >> the new store on liberty road. if you have a strong opinion about the new walmart, this one in bel air, there is a meeting this morning that you might want to attend. walmart wants to move the
constant friendship location to a new site, this one on plum tree road. the development advisory committee are gathering at 9:00 to show the plans. people living around that area, a lot of them are not really happy about this. there is concern about traffic in that area. today's meeting, it is at the harford county council chambers. a special opportunity coming up. imagine being able to detect the first signs of breast cancer by putting on a bra. >> it sounds pretty unusual. but listen to this. a lifeline bio technology, they are testing the idea. they claim that the smart bra can let you know if you have breast tissue abnormalities. trials have been found, it is, they say about 90% accurate. so they will be available in europe next year. and in the united states by 2014. the web site says it costs $1,000. >> and while speaking of breast cancer, we will be running a weekend fighting the disease. the komen race for the cure is sunday in hunt valley. not too late to register online. go to the web site abc 2 news
.com/think pink and register on the race day as well. weather-wise, last year, it was cold for the race. we do not need to repeat the format. we are going to get a repeat performance. it was dry though. lots of sunshine. and that's what we will see this time as well. look at the temperatures this morning, and we're still dealing with cold temperatures. and we are looking at 39 degrees right now in reisterstown. 38 in monrovia. look at sandy springs. 39 degrees. there huntingtown at 40 degrees. and annapolis at 42. sparrows point 46. good morning churchville at 41 degrees. and eastton, 41 degrees as well. make sure have you that big coat as you step out the door this morning. now, high pressure in control of our weather. but it will begin to slide off toward the east as we go throughout the day. allowing for warmer air to move in here. especially as we go into tomorrow. hurricane raphael, moving away from bermuda and staying away from the u.s. that's what we like to see. and we will have some rain beginning to move in here as we go late tomorrow evening, into
early friday morning. but for today, the temperature is going to be at 67 degrees. and some clouds. and it will be nice and seasonable. let's get a check now of the abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren cook. >> good morning, lynette. patchy fog across the region. turn on the low beams slow down and be extra careful. a crash in baltimore county. in glenn oak on security boulevard. at perimeter drive and if you are headed out to 695, there is absolutely nothing to get in your way right now. on the west side, or if are you traveling from parkville all the way up to towson. 83 is going to be in great shape. and here is a live look at 95 and 395. it is going to take you 8 minutes to travel northbound from the beltway to the toll plaza. we do have a disabled car on 95 up in aberdeen along the southbound lanes at route 22. and you also want to watch out for that. that is a look at your traffic. megan and charley, over to you. >> if you have traveled to any city, you know how frustrating it can be to find a place to
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if you thought about making a note on a car that was parked poorly or blocks your way in or out. maybe. gone so far to write that note? >> i have done it. and i have taken my fist when people double park cars. turns out parking is certainly an issue in san francisco. that comes as no surprise if you've ever been to the city. people there are not afraid to leave those nasty notes. they disapprove of your parking job. >> i like your penmanship. >> that's not me. >> there is a new service curb text and send short anonymous texts to the car owner to let them know if they are blocking a driveway or maybe they're parked somewhere where they shouldn't be. >> we're proud to say that just a week ago, that actually the first neighbor to neighbor curb text was sent and someone was letting someone know that their car was about to get ticketed. >> 300 people have registered so far for curb text. it is the hope that neighbors look out for each other instead
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